November 18, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Screen-time reduction information and resources for people who care for preschool-aged children

Preventing Chronic Disease 2013;10
Aerobic physical activity is positively associated with cognition, academic achievement, behavior, and psychosocial functioning outcomes. More rigorous trials with adequate sample sizes assessing the impact of APA on children’s cognitive abilities, psychosocial functioning, behavior, and academic achievement are needed, with standardized interventions, valid and reliable tools of measurement, and long-term follow-up for sustained cognitive and psychosocial outcomes

This is a rare, well-documented model for promoting walking and cycling in a small or rural community.

Journal of Diabetes and its Complications Available online 7 November 2013
doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2013.10.012
The primary goal of treatment in diabetes focuses on achieving and maintaining optimal glycemic levels, but lifestyle modification, including PA, will remain central to the long-term clinical management of diabetes. It may be advantageous for individuals with T2DM to make incremental gains toward the recommended PA level because of its demonstrated glycemic benefits; however, further investigation of the glycemic and vascular effects of PA among individuals with T2DM is warranted.

The 2014 Global Summit is currently accepting submissions for oral presentations, workshops, and poster presentations until December 1, 2013.

On-line Event 27 November 2013 13:00 - 14:30 EST
In partnership with the Population Health Promotion and Innovation Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Age-Friendly Communities Canada Hub is excited to present a series of webinars on age-friendly communities in Canada.

BMC Geriatrics 2013, 13:81
Three main components predicting falls were identified in a general elderly population after three and six years: reduced mobility, heart dysfunction and functional impairment including nocturia. The use of neuroleptic drugs was also a prominent individual risk factor, although the prevalence was low.

BMC Geriatrics 2013, 13:111
Keeping older adults healthy and active is an emerging challenge of an aging society….. The subjects of this study were 25 older adults who participated in intergenerational programs with preschool children aged 5 to 6 years at an adult day care centre in Tokyo.
Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice Vol 40, Iss 4, Dec 2013, Pages 801–820
Exercise is a fundamental component of good health. The ACSM and Exercise is Medicine recommend treating exercise as a vital sign, and assessing and prescribing physical activity at every medical visit. Achieving the recommended goals of physical activity results in significant reduction in all-cause mortality. Physicians can improve health by prescribing exercise.

Preventing Chronic Disease 2013;10
Our findings illustrate the need to increase the awareness of negative health implications of prolonged sedentary time while continuing to address the multiple impediments to physical activity as a way to combat chronic disease.

Now available. During 2011 and 2012, data were collected from approximately 130,000 respondents aged 12 or older, residing in households in all provinces and territories.

The files provide data for 109 health regions or combined health regions across Canada and include information on a wide range of topics, including: physical activity, height and weight, smoking, exposure to second hand smoke, alcohol consumption, general health, chronic health conditions, injuries and use of health care services. It also provides information on the socio-demographic, income and labour force characteristics of the population.

This is a group psychosocial resilience training program done in a workplace setting. The program aims to promote well-being by targeting five protective factors identified from empirical evidence: Positive emotions, cognitive flexibility, social support, life meaning, and active coping.

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